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The Colony Park Sustainable Community Initiative began as a three-year master planning process supported through a $3 million U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Sustainable Communities Challenge Grant. The culmination of this planning process was the adoption of the Colony Park Master Plan and Design Guidelines and Planned Unit Development (PUD) zoning district for the 208-acre parcel of publicly-owned land located on Loyola Lane between Johnny Morris Road and Decker Lane.
The City of Austin Economic Development Department is working to ensure that the next phase of the project, the Implementation Phase, is successful. During this phase, the City is working with community partners to secure a Master Developer through a formal Request for Qualifications (RFQ) and Request for Proposal (RFP) process. We believe that with this two-step process we can secure a Master Developer who will work with city staff and the community to realize the Colony Park vision.
Join us for "It's My Park Day"!
March 7th is "It's My Park Day" and marks the Grand Opening of the Colony Park District Park, 93-acres of parkland located at the heart of the Colony Park Master Plan. Development of the District Park was made possible by the City of Austin 2008 Bond, including matching grants from a Texas Parks and Wildlife Park Grant and a St. David's Healthy Living grant provided by Austin Parks Foundaion.
As part of the opening, we will kick-off the day with a community service activity to beautify the park. Volunteers will mulch trees, clean the walking trail and get the park ready for the Spring. See below the day's events:
8:00–8:30am: Volunteer Check-in
8:30–10:00am: Beautification Projects
10:00–10:30am: Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting
10:30am–Noon: Parkapalooza Celebration
If you plan on joining for the park clean-up, we strongly encourage you to register HERE, as we will need an accurate count of volunteers to ensure we have enough supplies on hand.
The Grand Opening festivities will also include the Parkapalooza Celebration, featuring fun, kid-friendly outdoor activities, music, food and much more. This event is made possible with the support of Austin Parks Foundation, Austin Parks and Recreation Department, Colony Park/Lakeside Neighborhood Association, Turner-Roberts Recreation Center and the City of Austin Economic Development Department.
We hope you will join us to celebrate the opening of Colony Park District Park!
Nearby City Initiatives
Colony Park District Park Master Plan: 93-acres of parkland located at the heart of the Colony Park Master Plan will soon offer open spaces for families to enjoy. Development of the District Park was made possible by the City of Austin 2008 Bond, including matching grants from a Texas Parks and Wildlife Local Park Grant and a St. David’s Healthy Living grant provided by Austin Parks Foundation. Colony Park District Park is expected to offer outdoor recreation opportunities that promote physical activity and healthy living. The Park will also be home to the City of Austin - Art In Public Places (AIPP) Peace and Harmony Mural. For more information about this exciting community art peice, CLICK HERE.
Walter E. Long Master Plan: The Walter E. Long Metropolitan Park Master Plan will help determine the long-range vision for the entirety of the park, including areas currently used by other organizations. Potential improvements in the park could include elements such as enhanced trails, additional water-related recreation, fitness opportunities, camping, special event venues, and educational and cultural exhibits.
Project Connect: The Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority (CMTA) or Cap Metro has a created a plan for mobility investments in Central Texas looking out to the year 2040. This plan includes a vision for a complete system of reliable and frequent transit with services that operate free from other traffic. One piece of this vision includes the Green Line Commuter Rail investment, which would repurpose a freight line owned by CMTA into high-capacity commuter rail running from Downtown Austin to Manor. As currently planned, this line would include a station stop of the Colony Park Sustainable Community site.
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